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4 UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television students win 2017 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards

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First prize winner Liz Buda (center) with ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey and Tony Goldwyn, vice president of the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation.

Four students from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television were honored on Oct. 30 as winners of the 62nd annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards, which recognize excellence in dramatic writing.

John Goldwyn, president, and Tony Goldwyn, vice president, of the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation, announced the awards. The winners are:

First prize: Liz Buda for “Zero Hour”
Second prize: Joey Siara for “Goslinged”
Third prize (tie): Godwin Itai Jabangwe for “R.O.V.E.R.”
Third prize (tie): Eric Mallory Morgan for “Hole in the Sky”

Morgan is a repeat winner; his script “Tonya” won first prize in 2016.

The competition was judged by Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment; Chris Selak, executive vice president and head of worldwide scripted television for Lionsgate; and actress, producer and activist Kerry Washington.

“In keeping with the tradition my grandfather started in 1955, the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation is proud to support talented young writers,” said John Goldwyn. “We are delighted to celebrate their success.”

The competition is open exclusively to UCLA students. The prizes carry awards of $15,000 for first place, $7,500 for second place and $4,000 for each third place winner.

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